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Guatemala 4-week, Group "B", Summer 2008


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2008 Group B
Day
28 Guatemala City/ San Marcos Fly in/Travel to
29 San Marcos La Laguna Orientation
30 San Marcos La Laguna Orientation/
1 Pa’chaj Travel to Pa’chj
2 Pa’chaj Language school/service learning
3 Pa’chaj Language school/service learning
4 Pa’chaj Language school/service learning
5 Pa’chaj Language school/service learning
6 Pa’chaj Language school/ service learning
7 Nebaj Travel to Nebaj
8 Around Nebaj Village trek/night in village
9 Around Nebaj Village trek/night in village
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11 Cotzal Service learning/night in Cotzal
12 Cotzal Service learning/night in Nebaj
13 San Jose-Bio Itza Travel to San Jose-Bio Itza
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15 San Jose-Bio Itza Language school/service learning
16 San Jose-Bio Itza Language school/service learning
17 San Jose-Bio Itza Language school/service learning
18 San Jose-Bio Itza Language school/service learning
19 Tikal Ruins
20 El Remate Travel/night
21 El Remate→Coban Travel/night
22 Chicacnab (Ecoquetzal) Hike/Homestay
23 Chicacnab Homestay
24 Coban Wash the mud off
25 Semuc Champey Disorientation
26 Semuc Champey Disorientation
27 Antigua Shopping
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06/12/08

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Instructor Team

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Guatemala Summer

2008 Group B

Day



28

Guatemala City/ San Marcos

Fly in/Travel to

29

San Marcos La Laguna

Orientation

30

San Marcos La Laguna

Orientation/

1

Pa’chaj

Travel to Pa’chj

2

Pa’chaj

Language school/service learning

3

Pa’chaj

Language school/service learning

4

Pa’chaj

Language school/service learning

5

Pa’chaj

Language school/service learning

6

Pa’chaj

Language school/ service learning

7

Nabaj

Travel to Nabaj

8

Around Nabaj

Village trek/night in village

9

Around Nabaj

Village trek/night in village

10

Nabaj

Travel and rest

11

Cotzal

Service learning/night in Cotzal

12

Cotzal

Service learning/night in Nabaj

13

San Jose-Bio Itza

Travel to San Jose-Bio Itza

14

San Jose-Bio Itza

Language school/service learning

15

San Jose-Bio Itza

Language school/service learning

16

San Jose-Bio Itza

Language school/service learning

17

San Jose-Bio Itza

Language school/service learning

18

San Jose-Bio Itza

Language school/service learning

19

Tikal/Uaxactun

Ruins

20

Uaxactun→El Remate

Ruins

21

El Remate→Coban

Travel

22

Chicacnab (Ecoquetzal)

Hike/Homestay

23

Chicacnab

Homestay

24

Coban

Wash the mud off

25

Semuc Champey

Disorientation

26

Semuc Champey

Disorientation

27

Antigua

Shopping

28

Guatemala City/Home


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06/11/08

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Instructor Team

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Hi everybody!

I'll just go with the whole "This is Me" bit. My name's India. I just finished up my freshman year at The Community School, a small, private, college preparatory school in Sun Valley, Idaho. (I know, I know, you hear Idaho and you think rednecks and potatoes, but Sun Valley isn't like that. It's small, mostly affluent, and beautiful! We have one of the most famous ski resorts around, and almost everyone who lives here is active in some way.)

I'm on both the school and club soccer teams, as well as the local girls' hockey team. I've also been snowboarding for years. I spend tons of time outdoors white water rafting, backpacking, camping, etc. I do quite well in school, am outspoken and outgoing and love participating in group work. I like to call myself quirky, although spazzy could be a better adjective. I make up words, fall down a lot and am generally entertaining. I'm pretty far along in my Spanish education (just completed Spanish III), but I definitely have room to improve.

I've done lots of traveling, and have spent ample time in Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, England, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, India and Thailand. I am so stoked to be going to a new country (Guatemala, no less!) sans parents and with a bunch of other kids my age!

Can't wait to see you all in Miami! This month is going to be awesome!

Adiosssssssss,

India

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India Tess Woods Emerick,Guatemala 4-week, Group "B", Summer 2008

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Hi everybody! I’ll just go with the whole "This is Me" bit. My name’s India. I just finished up my freshman year at The Community School, a small, private, college preparatory school in Sun Valley, Idaho. (I know, I know, you hear Idaho and you think rednecks and potatoes, but Sun Valley isn’t like that. […]

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06/11/08

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India Tess Woods Emerick

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    [post_content] => Hi "Dream Team", 
It is hard to believe in just over 2 weeks we will all be meeting to learn what life is like in another part of the world. It seems like for the past few months this trip has been in the back of my mind as something way in the future and I am overjoyed, anxious, scared, and eager that it is finally here. I'm from a small town right outside of New York City and I just finished my sophomore year of high school. I love dance, science, speaking Spanish, autumn, Indian food, shoes, Obama, Barcelona, photos, babies, ice cream, ikea, polka-dots, new people, new cultures, new adventures. I hope everyone is excited as I am, I can't wait to meet you all!
Hasta luego,
nora
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Mucho gusto Guatemala 4-week grupo “B”

Nora Casper,Guatemala 4-week, Group "B", Summer 2008

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Hi "Dream Team", It is hard to believe in just over 2 weeks we will all be meeting to learn what life is like in another part of the world. It seems like for the past few months this trip has been in the back of my mind as something way in the future and […]

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06/10/08

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Nora Casper

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Hello Dream Team,

We are getting closer to our departure time and I am sure you are starting to think about what you need to pack. We want to add a few tips to the Guatemala clothing and equipment list.

We want you to remember two things while filling your backpack:

  • Pack light! Remember this thing is going to be on your back. 30lbs or less!
  • Don’t bring things that you can’t bear to live without once you get back home. It is always nice to have the option to leave things behind to make space to bring home beautiful gifts from Guatemala.

We feel it is important to look nice when you are visiting this country. You will find that no matter how little money people have, their pride shines through in how they dress, which is conservative and nice.

One of the best ways we can show respect is to not be offensive in our dress. Now you don’t have to wear your Sunday best, we just mean leave the holey and stained clothing at home. No tight clothing or t-shirts with offensive messages. Keep the shorts knee length and sleeves on the shirts. I know this sounds restricting, but showing people that we respect them will only enrich our experience with them, and them with us.

We are going to discourage the use of mp3 players. This is your chance to let the language and rhythms of Guatemala infuse your brain and your soul, we feel earphones would hinder this. If you feel that you cannot part with your music, we understand, but we will ask you to use it on your own time. There is a lot of music in Guatemala, in words, in nature, in the pounding of potholes, and of course the great sounds of Latin music.

We don’t think sleep pads are necessary since they are so bulky and we won’t be spending much time sleeping on the ground. With that said, you are welcome to bring them.

Jeans are fine to bring, if that is what is comfortable for you. Any of you who have visited the mountains, you know that layers are key. So long johns are great to have, and so are light t-shirts. Also, remember that Guatemalans are not running around naked, so if there is something you feel you need, you will be able to find it down there. There is no need to pack your whole closet.

Also some things you might want: to bring ear plugs. Picts of family. A good book, not one on the required reading list, but one that you can loose yourself in. Vitamins. Dirt colored or black clothes. Chapstick you like. Hand sanitizer. Bandanna. Flip flops for showers. Patience.

When I go out the door before a big trip I go through this list:

Passport

Money

Prescription Drugs

Flight Information

Everything else you can survive without, so no need to stress.

We are SO excited to meet you all. We were talking this morning about how our group seems like a dream team. You all have such interesting things to bring to the group. I think we should change our name from “B” team to dream team, you know?

Please feel free to post any further questions you may have.

See you soon,

Rebecca, Michael, and Adelaide

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Rebecca Biles,Guatemala 4-week, Group "B", Summer 2008

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Hello Dream Team, We are getting closer to our departure time and I am sure you are starting to think about what you need to pack. We want to add a few tips to the Guatemala clothing and equipment list. We want you to remember two things while filling your backpack: Pack light! Remember this […]

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06/9/08

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Rebecca Biles

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Hi everyone! My name is Emily, and I am finishing my freshman year. I live in New York, in a small town just outside the city. I love languages and I am taking Spanish in school, but I want to learn more, which was a big part of why I chose to go on the Guatemala trip. I like to run and I'm on my school's track and cross country teams. My favorite subject in school is History. I love being outside and I love to travel (which, of course, is another reason I wanted to go on the trip.) Oh yeah, and I'm a vegetarian, which hopefully won't be too much of a problem in Guatemala.

Well, I'm so excited for the trip and to meet all of you! See you soon--I am counting the days!

-Emily

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Hola!

Emily Polstein,Guatemala 4-week, Group "B", Summer 2008

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Hi everyone! My name is Emily, and I am finishing my freshman year. I live in New York, in a small town just outside the city. I love languages and I am taking Spanish in school, but I want to learn more, which was a big part of why I chose to go on the […]

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06/5/08

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Emily Polstein

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Hi everyone!

My name is Cassandra; I live in San Francisco; I just finished my sophomore year at University High School, a private school here in the city. About me... I love reading and writing, especially poetry (favorite poets include: Billy Collins, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Maxine Kumin, Robert Hass, Adrienne Rich.) I love color. I love art -- particularly visual arts, theatre, and (lately) dance. I also like science. I love language and languages; right now I'm taking Latin... not Spanish. I do know some Spanish, but... it's kind of shaky. That should be interesting in Guatemala.

And -- I am so, so amazingly excited for Guatemala! I just read over the Yak Yak posting about our itinerary, and it sounds incredible. I think the most exciting thing for me is the prospect of staying in small villages where real people actually live and... well, living alongside them -- instead of just being tourists. I'm especially interested in Mayan culture -- language(s), religion, etc.

I look forward to meeting you all (in just over 3 weeks!).

~ Cassandra Euphrat Weston

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Hello all!

Cassandra Euphrat Weston,Guatemala 4-week, Group "B", Summer 2008

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Hi everyone! My name is Cassandra; I live in San Francisco; I just finished my sophomore year at University High School, a private school here in the city. About me… I love reading and writing, especially poetry (favorite poets include: Billy Collins, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Maxine Kumin, Robert Hass, Adrienne Rich.) I love color. […]

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06/5/08

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Cassandra Euphrat Weston

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Buenas tardes, viajeros...

We as a team have been working over the past several weeks to put together a truly wonderful itinerary for our journey this summer. We're finding ways to get us really out there off the beaten path and find the hidden corners of Guatemala. The best preparation you can be doing right now is opening your hearts and minds to all of the possibilities of the summer. It's going to be a challenging, beautiful adventure. In the meantime, imagine this:

After our flight into the commotion of Guatemala City, we’ll head to the tranquility of Lago de Atitlan, one of the most beautiful places in the Americas. As we gaze out across the water to the volcanoes surrounding the lake, we’ll spend a few days getting to know each other and beginning our immersion into all things Guate.

From the Lake, we’ll head to Pachaj, a small Q’iche’ Maya village on the outskirts of Xela (Quetzaltenango), the second largest city in Guatemala. Students will begin one on one language instruction and homestays, and we’ll all work together on projects with Chico Mendez, an environmental organization headed by Armando Lopez. We’ll learn about and help with reforestation, recycling and water conservation projects as we live and work in the community.

From Pachaj, we’ll make our way into the central highlands and the Ixil Triangle. Surrounded by verdant mountains, we’ll take hikes from Nebaj to small villages and hear stories of the Guatemalan Civil War. We’ll rest our weary feet, and then we’ll make our way into the jungle of the Peten.

On Lago Peten Itza, the site of the last Mayan stronghold against the Spanish conquistadores, students will have more one on one language instruction at the Bio Itza, a non-profit school that is run by the community made up of 57 families. During our time here we will have Spanish classes in the morning and in the afternoon we will be busy with activities. We will learn about the medicinal components of some of the plants in the area while making our own soap, and we will learn to cook foods typical to the area. We might even get a basketball game in against the local high school.

Just north of the lake stands the most spectacular of the many Mayan ruins in Central America, Tikal. We’ll hear the calls of howler monkeys and parrots as we wander among the ancient stones and talk about the rise and fall of the ancient Maya.

After the heat of the jungle, the cool dampness of the cloud forest outside of Coban will be a welcome relief. We’ll hike to the small Q’eqchi’ village of Chicacnab, sit with families around their hearths and make early morning hikes in search of the elusive and legendary Resplendent Quetzal, the national bird of Guatemala.

We’ll wind down in the crystal clear pools of Semuc Champey, reflecting on our journey and the challenges of the trip back home. The colonial architecture and quiet bustle of Antigua will be our farewell before we board our flight to the States.

We can't wait to meet you in Miami and head down south. 3 weeks from Saturday we touch down in Guate...

We'll be getting in touch with each of you by phone in next week or so. If you have any questions before then, you can post them. We encourage you to start chatting about things here. If you're feeling something, somebody else probably is, too.

hasta pronto~

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Imagining Guatemala

Adelaide, Rebecca and Michael,Guatemala 4-week, Group "B", Summer 2008

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Buenas tardes, viajeros… We as a team have been working over the past several weeks to put together a truly wonderful itinerary for our journey this summer. We’re finding ways to get us really out there off the beaten path and find the hidden corners of Guatemala. The best preparation you can be doing right […]

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06/4/08

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Adelaide, Rebecca and Michael

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    [post_content] => Hi, I'm Reid Jenkins

I'm a guy from New York City, who (big surprise) also attends a small private school called Trinity School. Right now I'm 16 (sophomore). I'm tall (6'1") blonde hair, green eyes. I have two sisters, both of which are older and have left the nest (one's at Cornell and one's living with her boyfriend and freelancing in graffic design.) I'm quirky, energetic, and positive.

Personal interests: I have been playing violin for 10 years, 8 of which have focused on classical but for the last two I've been going to music school for Jazz. Some of you might find it...interesting...that I'm in a family band (dad=piano, mom=bass, sister=banjo (hell yes!), other sister=guitar.) Thus, music is a HUGE part of my life. Otherwise I like languages and sciences.

I originally had wanted to go on the Tibet Cultural Program, but I chose the Guatemala 4-week because it's shorter, it's language intensive in Spanish. Oh, I also want Global Warming to die.

Alright, it's nice to get started on my journey (very epic, no?) by posting this "yak yak." And I look forward to meeting you all.

-Best, Reid Jenkins
(IM Reidathon, email Reidathon@aol.com)
I have a facebook, but I never go on

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WOOHOO!!!!

Reid Jenkins,Guatemala 4-week, Group "B", Summer 2008

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Hi, I’m Reid Jenkins I’m a guy from New York City, who (big surprise) also attends a small private school called Trinity School. Right now I’m 16 (sophomore). I’m tall (6’1") blonde hair, green eyes. I have two sisters, both of which are older and have left the nest (one’s at Cornell and one’s living […]

Posted On

06/3/08

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Reid Jenkins

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Helllloooooo Dragons!

This is Adelaide, writing from a small apartment in Colombia (South America, not Carolina) that is in the process of being taken over by twenty some of our funnest friends for a feast of BEANS! Tomorrow my partner and I say goodbye to this wonderful country that has been home for the last half of a year. It is a fabulous country…BUT…they don’t really know about beans. They don’t know you should eat them everyday, and maybe even three times a day. And they don’t know you don’t need to load them with pig fat to make them taste good. So tonight we are having a dinner party full of beans. Spending a large part of my life in California, I learned the magical ways of bean burritos, but it wasn’t until Guatemala that I discovered that beans alone could induce, well, a state of euphoria. Ok, I am going a bit overboard here. But they are amazing. And they are only one of the MANY things I have taken from Guatemala around the world with me. Another being that I ALWAYS carry a wad of toilet paper in my back pocket—I can’t believe I used to assume that all toilets have TP next to them (oh, silly U.S.-American I was). But beyond the tangible things like beans and toilet paper, I have also changed my understanding of the world, especially the US’s role in it, and my understanding of who I am and how I want to integrate myself as a citizen of this world.

Four years ago my life in the states just didn’t feel right. So I left. I didn’t know where I was going, what I would be doing, nor for how long I would stay gone. I bought a ticket for a random country I knew nothing about and left. That country just happened to be Guatemala. I didn’t know I needed to actually walk around in my backpack (so I bought the cheapest one that was fit for a large man), I didn’t know Guatemala could be cold (so I only had tropical clothes), and I was only armed with the following Spanish words: agua, baño, azul, y sombrero. So, needless to say, I was NOT well-prepared. But that didn’t matter. Guatemala and its people accepted me as I was and helped me have an unforgettable and life-changing experience. I became saddened at the injustices of the world and infuriated with the US’s-role in many of them; I smiled (largely) every day because of the kindness of people; I delighted in the country’s natural beauty; I felt fully alive dancing rueda (large-group, partner-swapping salsa)…well, this list could go on forever. But the gist of it is this: My time in Guatemala made me realize that everything I had taken for granted as the way things were and the way I needed to be, did NOT have to be that way at all. I was changed and I liked me and the world better. So much so that I didn’t want to turn back home and risk forgetting it all. I wanted it so ingrained that it would never leave me. So I kept traveling. And kept traveling. And kept traveling. It has been almost four years and nearly forty countries! And though the marvels of this incredible journey are innumerable, I can easily put Dragons at the top of the list of the most amazing things I have been a part of.

YOU are amazing for being able to see how special this opportunity is. Not many students your age can (shoot, not many people period can). This will be my forth Dragons trip to Guate and I can easily say that every single student I have worked with had been exceptional and indeed special. I cannot wait to meet you all and explore this phenomenal country with you. This year we are trying particularly hard to get to the lesser-explored parts of the country. If you have any particular requests for how you would like this trip to look, please let us know. Also feel free to email with any questions you might have (adelaidenalley@gmail.com). This summer will be very unique and powerful and fun. I feel very fortunate to be able to share it with you. See you very, very soon!

Abrazos,

Adelaide

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guate, guate, guate….

Adelaide Nalley,Guatemala 4-week, Group "B", Summer 2008

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Helllloooooo Dragons! This is Adelaide, writing from a small apartment in Colombia (South America, not Carolina) that is in the process of being taken over by twenty some of our funnest friends for a feast of BEANS! Tomorrow my partner and I say goodbye to this wonderful country that has been home for the last […]

Posted On

05/20/08

Author

Adelaide Nalley

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